Dr Des Fitzgerald

Dr. Fitzgerald is a sociologist of science and medicine, with a particular interest in the history and present of the neurosciences. He is especially interested in neuroscientific and psychiatric research as it gets entangled in social and cultural life – a kind of hybridity and ambiguity that marks out important new conceptual and empirical terrain for sociology. To try to get at this hybridity, he is currently pursuing a wide programme of research that limns the intersections of the social, human, and biological sciences, and have active research interests in mental health and urban life; in the autism spectrum, as it has been conjured by the neurosciences; in the history and present of ‘mind-wandering’; and in experimental, interdisciplinary approaches to social science. His research is broadly concerned with thinking about, problematizing, and sometimes intervening in, the intersections of the social and biological sciences.

Fitzgerald, D., Rose, N. and Singh, I. 2016. Living well in the NeuropolisThe Sociological Review 64(1), pp. 221-237. (10.1111/2059-7932.12022

Callard, F., Fitzgerald, D. and Woods, A. 2015. Interdisciplinary collaboration in action: tracking the signal, tracing the noisePalgrave Communications 1, article number: 15019. (10.1057/palcomms.2015.19

Fitzgerald, D., Rose, N. and Singh, I. 2015. Revitalising sociology: urban life and mental illness between history and the presentBritish Journal of Sociology 67(1), pp. 138-160. (10.1111/1468-4446.12188

Fitzgerald, D. and Callard, F. 2015. Social science and neuroscience beyond interdisciplinarity: experimental entanglementsTheory, Culture & Society 32(1), pp. 3-32. (10.1177/0263276414537319

Fitzgerald, D.et al. 2014. Ambivalence, equivocation and the politics of experimental knowledge: a transdisciplinary neuroscience encounterSocial Studies of Science 44(5), pp. 701-721. (10.1177/0306312714531473

Callard, F. and Fitzgerald, D. 2014. Experimental control: what does it mean for a participant to ‘feel free’?Consciousness and Cognition 27, pp. 231-232. (10.1016/j.concog.2014.05.008)

Fitzgerald, D. 2014. The trouble with brain imaging: hope, uncertainty and ambivalence in the neuroscience of autismBioSocieties 9(3), pp. 241-261. (10.1057/biosoc.2014.15

Fitzgerald, D.et al. 2014. What’s so critical about Critical Neuroscience? Rethinking experiment, enacting critiqueFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 8, article number: 365. (10.3389/fnhum.2014.00365

Littlefield, M.et al. 2014. Contextualizing neuro-collaborations: reflections on a transdisciplinary fMRI lie detection experimentFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 8, article number: 149. (10.3389/fnhum.2014.00149

Fitzgerald, D. 2013. The affective labour of autism neuroscience: entangling emotions, thoughts and feelings in a scientific research practiceSubjectivity 6(2), pp. 131-152. (10.1057/sub.2013.5

Callard, F. and Fitzgerald, D. 2015. Rethinking interdisciplinarity across the social sciences and neurosciences. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (10.1057/9781137407962

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